Hard BreXXXit, 2017

Entertaining, I’m sure, if not necessarily arousing.

Hope you’ll have an excellent weekend!

When domestic politics fail: Go to war

I hate to say «I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so», which is why I’m very pleased to say that for once my predictions weren’t altogether accurate.

Avid readers may remember how I, in a late December 2016 blog post, appointed the Middle East the new East–West battlefield. Turned out that I was indeed right, but what I failed to see, was the escalation of the Southeast Asian conflict now materialising in North Korea’s armament and the U.S. Navy’s race towards the Korean peninsula’s shores.

The Middle East Midtøsten

Make no mistake about it: We may think the Middle East resembled hell on earth, but I fear we haven’t seen the half of it. With Southeast Asian conflicts on the rise, on top of Russia’s aggressive stance on neighbouring countries, such as Ukraine, it’s safe to say that it’s been some time since we were this close to a potential world war 3, hard as it is to imagine.

Of course it’s all to do with both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin’s lack of success in domestic affairs and their need to show international force, coupled with fellow madman Kim Jong-un’s megalomaniacal delusions.

Kim Jong-un og Malaysia Airlines
Kim Jong-un and Malaysia Airlines aircraft. Blogger’s manipulation.

While I hate to admit failing to see this development in advance, there’s no denying it’s currently playing out right under our noses, and I, for one, am scared shitless.

But it doesn’t stop there: With Brexit underway, and Spain and the UK fighting over Gibraltar, Europe’s stability is at risk, too.

The situation may be diffused, if parties involved are willing to take a step back. At present, however, that doesn’t seem very likely.

And then, of course, there’s Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

At the risk of repeating myself, I think I’d better repeat myself:

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Top illustration: U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. Blogger’s drawing.

 

Britain, oh Britain …

Que sera sera
What ever will be will be
We’re gonna kill Argentines
Que sera sera

My British fellow tourists sang on a Spanish beach in the summer of 1982.

The current situation, as we see it unfold, confirms our deepest fears as we saw the early signs of European disintegration last summer, also proving that the EU is and was the most successful peace project ever seen.

Photo: EU flags flying at half-mast in front of the Brussel Berlaymont building on 22 Match 2016, as if in anticipation of events to come. Photo from the European Commission.

There you have it, then.

Suffice it to say I’m deeply saddened.

EU-flagg på halv stang foran Berlaymont-bygningen i Brussel, 22. mars 2016. Foto fra EU-kommisjonen
EU flags flying at half-mast in front of the Brussel Berlaymont building on 22 Match 2016. Photo from the European Commission.

Good for you, Scotland!

Much as I’d hate to see the UK break up, last year’s tragic Brexit outcome left the Scots with very few options, as I predicted in the immediate wake of the British referendum.

Which is why I’m glad that today First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon announced a second Scottish independence referendum, in order to secure the Scots’ continued EU membership.

While harbouring a strong resentment towards the demolition of the United Kingdom, my distaste for a shattered Europe, in times calling for unity, is even stronger (even if I indeed live in a country sharing Britain’s sentiment).

Ideally the situation calls for a Brexit annullment, but I suppose that’s wishful thinking.

The British isles, comprising three sovereign states: Ireland, Scotland and a united Wales-England (Wangland?), of which only the former two EU members. Bloggers own graphics.
The British isles, comprising three sovereign states: Ireland, Scotland and a united Wales-England (Wangland?), of which only the former two EU members. Bloggers own graphics.

At any rate: Good for you, Scotland!

Illustration: Scottish flag with EU stars. Bloggers drawing.

(Begging Barbara Kruger‘s forgiveness)

Oh yes!

The outcome of the Scottish September 2014 independence referendum yielded a 55 percent nay, for which I was relieved.

Following this summer’s Brexit referendum, however, I must admit that a new indy ref was inevitable, and sure enough, this afternoon SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon announced a new independence referendum bill.

This time around, however, I hope they’ll prevail.

The British isles, comprising three sovereign states: Ireland, Scotland and a united Wales-England (Wangland?), of which only the former two EU members. Bloggers own graphics.
The British isles, comprising three sovereign states: Ireland, Scotland and a united Wales-England (Wangland?), of which only the former two EU members. Bloggers own graphics.

Dispatch From Free Fall ¯_(ツ)_/¯

In reference to my former postings on the matter, I give you a hands on report, from one of those truly affected – for real real.

When words fail, music speaks

When posting Sex Pistols’ Anarchy in the UK video on 25 June, two days after the shocking EU referendum, I had no idea that it would all turn into this kind of chaos. Not this soon.

So much of current UK goings on simply defies any conceivable logic, with one party leader after the other prime minister resigning, as the kingdom itself resigns from the continent to which it belongs. And of course we’re constantly reminded, wherever we look. Like today, for instance, upon seeing a UK-based Facebook friend (and EU migrant) posting this:

What a time to be in the UK.
What. A. Time.
*laughs maniacally with ice cream all over her face*

This Art of Noise 1984 classic, Close (to the edit), extract sprang to mind:

To be in England
in the summertime
with my love
close to the edge

Close to the edge indeed.

Leading to the conclusion that British politics are, perhaps, best described with music, for those rare occasions when you’re at a loss for words:

Top photograph: Yours truly.

All you need is Gove?

Inspired by someone on Facebook I made my own version of Joy Division’s classic 1980s 12″ cover, for improved reproduction. Please bear with me for the slightly off typography and the fact that Michael Gove’s backstabbing conduct quickly had him branded as an unfit candidate for prime ministry – and is, therefore, not very likely to tear us apart.

Be that as it may; Something Must Break, said MP included, plus one should never have to look for excuses to play Joy Division: